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Watering Tips

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Watering Tips

Watering at certain times of the day and with different types of instruments can help you water more efficiently and save money.

Lawn Watering Tips

Reduce lawn watering

  • Most homeowners water their lawns too much.
  • Reduce your total watering by as much as 50% - lawn will be healthier and just as lush and green.
  • This may mean skipping one lawn watering each week.
  • Never restart the entire automatic watering cycle to water a dry patch - select the appropriate station and run manually.

Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation

  • Water between the hours of 6:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • This will cut evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.

Adjust timers on automatic sprinklers

  • Most sprinklers are programmed to water too often.
  • Set your timer to water less frequently, but longer for a deep watering.
  • This encourages deeper root growth which means stronger, healthier grass.
  • Water until right before you start to see run off.
  • If plants show signs of stress such as wilting or yellowing add another watering to your schedule.

Adjust watering as weather changes

  • Turn off automatic sprinklers during rainy periods.
  • Use a rain gauge to know how much water your lawn gets each week and adjust sprinklers for supplemental watering if needed.
  • Adjust timing and frequency of sprinklers seasonally - lawns need less water in cool seasons.

Watering Tips for the Garden

Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation - same as your lawn!

  • Water between the hours of 6:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • This will reduce water lost to evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.
  • Avoid watering at night which encourages fungus.

Switch from overhead sprinklers to soaker hoses

  • Soaker hoses conserve water by dripping water right to the roots of the plant.
  • Snake the soaker hose throughout the garden placing it about a foot away from the base of shrubs.

Add mulch to your garden

  • Mulch helps insulate the ground and conserves water so you have to water less frequently

Use water wands with a trigger

  • When watering container gardens, hanging baskets or other small areas use a water wand with a trigger.
  • Allows you to water only the plants and not the pavement or ground between plants.
  • Make sure to water each plant thoroughly so water penetrates to the root system.
  • Aim the trigger at the base of the plant and water the soil, not the foliage (overhead watering can cause fungus).

Give potted plants a little extra help

  • In hot, dry seasons potted plants can dry out quickly - they may even need daily waterings.
  • Use a water globe to help keep soil consistently watered.
    Add water-absorbing granules in with potting soil to hold water and release it slowly as needed.
    Use these products with houseplants, too, to keep indoor planted hydrated when away on vacation.
  • Add water-absorbing granules in with potting soil to hold water and release it slowly as needed.
  • Use these products with houseplants, too, to keep indoor planted hydrated when away on vacation.